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The implementation of the specified scope of practice license in Manitoba requires Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba to honour the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT) and recognize individuals who've already been granted a limited licence in another Canadian province.
The specified scope of practice license provides a pathway to limited licensure for individuals with a non-traditional academic background. This category of license recognizes the combination of education with extensive experience as potential qualification to qualify for practice in a specific scope of engineering or geoscience.
Successful applicants will ascribe to, and be held to, the same standard of skills, professionalism, and ethics as professional members.
A specified scope of practice license is a new category of license which allows non-engineers and non-geoscientists to practice in a specific scope of engineering or geoscience discipline. Typically applicants will be diploma holders who have years of experience which falls within a specific scope of engineering or geoscience.
The practitioner will be granted the privilege of using the title Engineering or Geoscience Licensee (Eng.L or Geo.L) and they will be issued a seal that is distinct to their license.
There are FOUR separate paths that an applicant could go through.
Path 0 - Current Specified Scope of Practice License or Limited License in another Canadian provincial engineering or geoscience association.
Path 1 - Accredited degree or diploma in applied science or technology with 8 years (including schooling) of experience at least 2 years of which are direct on the job experience and at least 4 year of which are directly in the specified scope of practice.
Path 2 - Accredited degree or diploma in science or acceptable equivalent with adequate foundation in math, physics and basic sciences and with 8 years (including schooling) of experience, at least 2 years of which are direct on the job experience and at least 4 years of which are directly in the specified scope of practice.
Path 3 - education that is not part of Path 1 or 2 or an engineering or geoscience degree, but acceptable to Council, who has at least 15 years of relevant experience. NOTE: Path 3 requires that the applicant have at least SOME post-secondary education.
Progress reports are very detailed documents describing your work experience that you have accumulated over the years.
Each progress report should cover only one employment position. An employment position means employment which is supervised by one supervisor. For example, if you worked under three different supervisors/departments in one company, then three different reports must be submitted and three different supervisors would attest to that experience.
Reports MUST clearly detail your experience in the specified scope in which you wish to practice. The format and scope of the reports are described in the following:
These reports must cover all criteria outlined in these documents, and contain plenty of details and examples to reflect the attainment of this criteria. It is important that you provide detail on challenges faced as well as unusual or difficult aspects faced on each project. The sample reports we have on the website are for engineers and geoscientists but these can be used as a guide.
To illustrate, the following comment is not sufficient:
The following comment is better and reflects what you actually did:
All progress reports are done online using our automated system and all must be approved by your engineering/geoscience supervisor for the time period during which you did the work. It is expected that these reports will take a certain amount of time and effort and the quality expected is high. Reports that are not adequate will be rejected (or time-reduced) by the Specified Scope of Practice Committee (SSPC) with a request for re-submittal.
No. The person must choose which path they are planning to follow. If they have an engineering or geoscience degree they should apply for the P.Eng. or P.Geo. to become a full member NOT a specified scope of practice licensee. If they are rejected, they could potentially pursue limited license instead.
No. However, if a person later obtains an engineering or geoscience degree, an upgrade path may be considered.
Yes. We will process their application in the same way we process an engineering mobility application. The person will normally be allowed the same scope in Manitoba as in the other province.
NOTE: We are calling this Path 0.
The applicant must submit a scope proposal with their application to the SSPL committee. The proposal will be reviewed and then approved by the committee. Sample scopes from other provinces may be helpful for applicants to consider in order to streamline the application process. Some samples are available here: https://apeg.bc.ca/Member-Directories/Limited-Licensees-and-Scopes-of-Practice
No. Not according to our legislation.
At the time of this writing, there will be an initial non-refundable admission fee of $500.00. Once fully approved, the dues will be the same as the dues for professional members.
Yes, if the experience has been gained within a Canadian environment.
While we will accept a certain amount of experience earned out of country, at least 12 months of experience must have been earned within a Canadian environment, supervised (or mentored) by a P.Eng. or P.Geo. registered in the Canadian province, where the work was done, who had detailed knowledge of your work within the specified scope, at that time.
Because of the likelihood that those claiming for foreign experience would NOT have been supervised or mentored by a Canadian P.Eng. or P.Geo. , applicants who are claiming for any experience gained outside of Canada will NOT require that it be supervised (or mentored) by a P.Eng. or P.Geo. registered in a Canadian province. They will, however, require the comments and feedback of a supervisor (or mentor) who is recognized as an Engineer or Geoscientist within that country, who had detailed knowledge of their work within the specified scope at the time.
See questions 22 and 23 for the definition and explanation of 'mentoring'.
No. All reporting must be done using the online system. If this is absolutely impossible, please contact the Director of Admissions to discuss options.
Yes. Once you have attained your Eng.L or Geo.L you will be subject to the Continuing Competency Requirements in the exact same way as the P.Eng's and the P.Geo's.
This process is new to Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba, and the time to process will depend on the quality, content, completeness and volume of applications we receive. Paths 1 and 2 may take several months to process, while Path 3 is expected to take longer.
One report per employment position. The total time period for the reports must equal the experience requirement for the respective Path. For example, if you have a two year diploma program and are following Path 1, the total applicable experience requirement toward that license would be: six years (of which two years are direct on-the-job experience and at least four years are directly in the specified scope). There must therefore be progress reports covering a total time frame of AT LEAST six years before the application is reviewed. The experience must be current.
Yes, as long as it is corroborated by an engineering (or geoscience) supervisor who is recognized as such in that country AND there is at least one year of experience shown that is directly supervised by a P.Eng. (or P.Geo) [within Canada]. Out-of-country experience is claimed by using progress reports in the same way as in-country experience is and is subject to the same criteria as per the Acceptable Engineering Experience Guideline and the Acceptable Geoscience guideline. Experience documented MUST be within the scope in which you wish to practice (subject to the Path rules).
We will use the same list used by the Certified Technicians and Technologists of Manitoba (CTTAM) http://www.cctt.ca/accreditation/accredited-programs Degrees/diplomas accredited by the Sydney Accord are normally considered accredited. Other degrees and diplomas will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
The purpose of the work experience requirement is to demonstrate that you are able to put your education into practice. If you are working in an area that differs from your discipline of graduation, you may well require additional training or education, which will mean that you will likely require more than the minimum (depending on the Path) to obtain sufficient qualifying work experience. Every case is different however, so please contact the Director of Admissions if you are uncertain.
In this case, you will require TWO people to sign off on your progress reports - your direct supervisor AND an additional mentor engineer (or geoscientist) who was aware of and able to comment on your work at that time. It will be up to you to contact that person and have them agree to act as your mentor.
In this case, you will require TWO people to sign off on your progress reports - your direct supervisor AND an additional person recognized as an engineer or geoscientist within that country, who was aware of and able to comment on your work at that time. It will be up to you to contact that person and have them agree to act as your mentor.
You are eligible to write the NPPE once your experience and references have been approved by the Specified Scope of Practice committee. Read more about the NPPE. When you are eligible you will be able to register to write this exam through your online profile.
The Reference Form showing the questions asked is available on this website. You must request that the reference form be completed by three professional engineers (or geoscientists) who have current knowledge of the work for which you have claimed. This is described in the Instructions which accompany the application.
Usually, it's best to stick to the province in which you have started the process, complete the process in that province, and then go through via the mobility agreement. This may vary depending on your case, so please contact the Director of Admissions if you are considering moving before completion.
Please contact Sharon Sankar, P.Eng.,P.E., Director of Admissions, Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba if you have any additional questions. If necessary, you may contact by telephone, but e-mail is preferred. If your case is particularly complicated, we can arrange to meet in person.
Please use the e-mail subject header: Specified Scope of Practice Questions.